Medicaid Patients With Suspected Abuse and Neglect Were Not Investigated and Reported Immediately

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Medicaid patients in Maine who had critical incidents involving neglect, exploitation, or abuse were not investigated and reported immediately, according to an audit from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Auditors conducted the investigation after it was discovered there were cases of abuse and fatalities of patients with developmental disabilities in group homes.

“Our objective was to determine whether the Maine Department of Health and Human Services complied with federal waiver and state requirements for reporting and monitoring critical incidents involving Medicaid beneficiaries with developmental disabilities residing in community-based settings,” the report states.

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